Navigating Political Science:
Professional Advancement & Success in the Discipline

Edited by Kent Worcester

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Navigating Political Science brings together some of the most noteworthy discipline-focused contributions to APSA journals published over the past couple of decades. It offers a wide-ranging compendium of 28 chapters by 45 contributors, on topics ranging from peer reviewing, mentoring, and faculty governance to blogging, data collection, and digital media in the classroom.
The volume is organized into five sections: Tasks and Responsibilities, The Classroom, Field Research, The Profession and the Public, and Self-Conceptions. While it proceeds from pragmatic concerns to theoretical debates, the earlier sections address substantive issues, and the latter sections are attentive to the practical and institutional implications of various theoretical and methodological claims and positions.
Navigating Political Science includes narrative essays, how-to essays, empirical studies, and presidential speeches. In addressing the day-to-day work of the profession—teaching, writing, editing, advising, field research, and so on—the book should prove relevant for political scientists across the board, from aspiring ABDs to seasoned PhDs.



Kent Worcester, editor

Doing a Literature Review

Jeffrey W. Knopf

How To Be a Peer Reviewer: A Guide for Recent and Soon-to-be PhDs

Beth Miller Vonnahme, Jon Pevehouse, Ron Rogowski, Dustin Tingley, and Rick Wilson

Publishing as a Graduate Student: A Quick and (Hopefully) Painless Guide to Establishing Yourself as a Scholar

Timothy S. Rich

Women Also Know Stuff: Meta-Level Mentoring to Battle Gender Bias in Political Science

Emily Beaulieu, Amber E. Boydstun, Nadia E. Brown, Kim Yi Dionne, Andra Gillespie, Samara Klar, Yanna Krupnikov, Melissa R. Michelson, Kathleen Searles, and Christina Wolbrecht

Do Political Science Majors Succeed in the Labor Market?

Gregory B. Lewis

Fostering Scholarly Discussion and Critical Thinking in the Political Science Classroom

Michael P. Marks

Turning the Classroom Upside Down: Experimenting with the Flipped Classroom in American Government

Wendy N. Whitman Cobb

Learning Through Discussions: Comparing the Benefits of Small-Group and Large-Class Settings

Philip H. Pollock III, Kerstin Hamann, and Bruce M. Wilson

Born Digital: Integrating Media Technology in the Political Science Classroom

Linda K. Mancillas and Peter W. Brusoe

Conflict in the Classroom: Considering the Effects of Partisan Difference on Political Education

April Kelly-Woessner and Matthew Woessner

Fieldwork in Political Science: Introduction

Roselyn Hsueh, Francesca Refsum Jensenius, and Akasemi Newsome

Navigating Fieldwork as an Outsider: Observations from Interviewing Police Officers in China

Suzanne E. Scoggins

Positionality, Personal Insecurity, and Female Empathy in Security Studies Research

Vasundhara Sirnate

The Fieldwork of Quantitative Data Collection

Francesca Refsum Jensenius

Data Collection, Opportunity Costs, and Problem Solving: Lessons from Field Research on Teachers’ Unions in Latin America

Christopher Chambers-Ju

Knowing When to Scale Back: Addressing Questions of Research Scope in the Field

Akasemi Newsome

Confronting a Crisis of Research Design

Jody LaPorte

Political Science and the Public Sphere Today

Rogers M. Smith

Disenchanted Professionals: The Politics of Faculty Governance in the Neoliberal Academy

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn

The Most Important Topic Political Scientists Are Not Studying: Adapting to Climate Change

Debra Javeline

An Interesting Bias: Lessons from an Academic’s Year as a Reporter

David Niven

The Political Scientist as a Blogger

John Sides

Complicating the Political Scientist as Blogger

Robert Farley

Political Science as a Vocation

Robert O. Keohane

American Politics and Political Science in an Era of Growing Racial Diversity and Economy Disparity

Rodney E. Hero

Left Pessimism and Political Science

Jennifer L. Hochschild

Restructuring the Social Sciences: Reflections from Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Gary King

Restructuring the Social Sciences? A Reflection from the Editor of Perspectives on Politics

Jeffrey C. Isaac

ISBN 978-1878147592